ShowlistDC Music Notes: Friday 08-31-12

Weekend/Week-Ahead Planner

Planning Guides
• Washingtonian’s music picks.
• We Love DC loves weekends.
• Washington CityPaper’s Jazz Setlist.
• DCist’s This Week in Jazz.
• DCist’s This Week in Hip-Hop.
• DC Music Download’s Weekend Hits.
•’s list of recently-added and updated shows.

Today – Friday 31 August
• Interview: Stephanie Williams’ Q&A with the Young Rapids [DC Music Download]. At the Dunes in Columbia Heights.
• Interview/preview: Marie Gullard on Annie and the Beekeepers [Washington Examiner]. At the Kennedy Center‘s Millennium Stage.

Saturday, 1 September
• CD Review: Gesaffelstein, Rise of Depravity. Reviewed by Megan Buerger [Washington Post]. At the U Street Music Hall.
• Preview/Interview: Christopher Porter on Zongo Junction [Washington Post Express]. at the Bayou.

Sunday, 2 September
• Article/interview: Jess Righthand on the Mynabirds [Washington Post]. At the Rock & Roll Hotel.
• Preview: Joe Warminsky on Anthony Pirog Trio [Washington CityPaper]. At Twins Jazz.

Monday, 3 September

Tuesday, 4 September
• Preview: Mike Paarlberg on the John Cage Centennial Festival [Washington CityPaper]. Events all week listed at and on ShowlistDC.

Wednesday, 5 September
• CD Review: Kreator, Phantom Antichrist. Reviewed by Catherine P Lewis [Washington Post]. At the Howard Theatre.
• CD Review: Holograms, Holograms. Reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post]. At the Red Palace.
• CD Review: Patrick Watson, Adventures in Your Own Backyard. Reviewed by Mike Joyce [Washington Post]. At the 9:30 Club.

Thursday, 6 September
• CD Review: the Ana Egge Band, Bad Blood. Reviewed by Mark Jenkins [Washington Post]. At the Hamilton.


• New local venue: Rams Head Center Stage is opening at Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills Mall [Washington Post]. We’ve got their schedule listed here.

Red Onion Books and Records is not closing! [Washington CityPaper].

• Spotted on TV: local photographer Metal Chris (from’s photos of Cannibal Corpse at the 9:30 Club appeared on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC. Photos are at the 4:52 mark.

• Interview: Sriram Gopal talks to drummer Mike Smirnoff [DCist].

• Interview: David Hintz talks to Dave Cousins of Strawbs [DC Rock Live].

• Interview: Metallomusikum talks to Baltimore death metal band Alhazred.

• Interview: Arielle Hixson talks to Owen Danoff [DC Music Live].

• DC Musicians are recording a track for a Pussy Riot tribute [DCist].

• CD Review: Harry Pussy: Let’s Build a Pussy. Reviewed by Marc Masters [Pitchfork].

• CD Review: OMBRE: Believe You Me. Reviewed by Lindsay Zoladz [Pitchfork].

• You can still earn a ticket to Virgin Mobile FreeFest [WashingtonCityPaper].


• Here’s a roundup of Hometown Sounds DC’s local music videos of the day:
      – Maduro, “There Is No Forever” (8/29)
      – Uptown XO, “Occupy DC” (8/28)

• Here’s a roundup of DCist’s music videos of the day:
      – Julia Holter, “Goddess Eyes I” (8/30)
      – METZ, “Headache” (8/29)
      – Wild Nothing, “Shadow” (8/28)

• Listen: Reesa Renee‘s “Got Me Loose” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Harmony Muzik, “Hiyaku” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Yusef, “Flip Side” [Washington CityPaper].

• Listen: Tangie the Great, “Why” [Washington CityPaper].

Live Reviews

Calvin Johnson at Meeps, 8/11/12. Video from AllOurNoise.

Dead Can Dance at Wolf Trap, 8/27/12. Reviewed by David Hintz [DC Rock Live].

Ms Mr at the 9:30 Club, 8/14/12 (opening for Marina and the Diamonds). Reviewed by Stephen Bradley [Washington Times].

O.A.R. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/10/12. Reviewed by Sara Spangler [DC Music Live].

Frankie Valli at Wolf Trap, 8/23/12. Reviewed by the Rogers Revue.


• Local band Cassandra Syndrome has a contest that includes T-Shirts and tickets to their concerts on 9/1 (with Cybergeist and Death Maschine at the Recher Theatre) and 9/14 (with Kamelot, A Sound of Thunder, and Fallen Martyr at Empire).
• DC101 is giving away front row tickets to DC101′s Kerfuffle with the Offspring, Sublime, Rome, Garbage, etc., at Jiffy Lube Live on 9/15 (contest ends 9/3).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of StarsThe North on gold vinyl (contest ends Tuesday 9/4).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Stealing Sheep‘s Genevieve 7″ (contest ends Tuesday 9/4).
NEW The Vinyl District is giving away a copy of Luna‘s Bewitched on vinyl (contest ends 9/6).
NEW Nuclear Blast is giving away tickets to see While Heaven Wept (performing with Primordial) at Empire on 9/12.
• DC101 is giving away a pair of tickets to see Gotye at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 9/30 (no indication of when this contest ends).

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ShowlistDC Music Notes: Monday 02-06-12

We here at ShowlistDC have an ArtsBook-shaped hole in our hearts and inboxes this morning, as TBD’s Arts Editor (and daily ArtsBook scribe) Andrew Beaujon has joined Pointer as Senior Online Reporter. We’ll miss Beaujon’s thorough compilation of the DC area’s arts news– and his snarky commentary along the way. In his absence, here are a few DC-area music news worth sharing today:

Things to read:
Sharon van Etten is the name that’s going to be all over the indie-rock news this week, as her new album Tramp comes out this week, and she’s playing the Black Cat on Saturday (as recommended by ShowlistDC!). Lots to read here– Marc Masters has a lengthy chat with SVE in the Washington Post, and NPR has a piece on the indie-folkster as well.
• Miss the Super Bowl’s Halftime show (with Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and Cee-Lo)? Jon Pareles over at the New York Times gives a summary. (The only quasi-scandalous thing that happened: MIA flipped the bird. Pitchfork has some video.)
• Maura Judkis on Apple’s Siri joinig Erykah Badu and Biz Markie as a guest vocalist for the Flaming Lips [Washington Post].
Empire Jazz Club tries again [Washington CityPaper], reports Michael J. West. They will have a weekly calendar starting this week that will include karaoke (Wednesdays), film discussions (Sundays), and live radio broadcasts.
• Do you get confused between the bands U.S. Royalty and American Royalty? Joe Warminsky sets up a handy chart to help you tell the difference. [Washington CityPaper]
• DC’s Marc Masters and NC’s Grayson Currin’s latest the Out Door [Pitchfork] “explore[s] the instrumental methods of lute-player Jozef Van Wissem, cross formats with Austin multi-media factory Monofonus Press, and meet Bay Area black metal experimentalists Sutekh Hexen“– and is, as always, a good one-stop shop for catching up with the latest noise news.
• DC’s Aaron Leitko reviews the new Royal Baths album Better Luck Next Life over on Pitchfork.
• Live reviews: Anthony Pirog at Twins Jazz by Michael J. West [Washington Post]. Crystal Heidemann on Night Beds at the End [the Vinyl District].

Things to listen to and/or watch:
• Listen: NPR is streaming Shearwater‘s Animal Joy, which comes out on 2/14. They’re opening for Sharon van Etten at the Black Cat on Saturday.
• Listen: NPR brings us the 9:30 club sets from JEFF the Brotherhood and the Kills.
• Listen: NPR and WXPN’s World Café bring us Girls.
• Listen: Here are 9 new Latin metal bands recommended by Jasmine Garsd [NPR]: Mexico’s Split Heaven, Arcania, Goatzilla, The Arkitecht, and Majestic Downfall; the Dominican Republic’s Archaios; Brazil’s Krisiun; and two US bands– Miami’s Inferion and Los Angeles’s Tukaaria. The link has soundclips if you need some tunes to wake you up this Monday morning.
• Watch: shares three new local metal music videos, from the bands Fierce Allegiance, King Giant, and Auroboros.
• Watch: Bill Frisell did some John Lennon stuff at a NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
• Watch: Bon Iver‘s “Holocene” and “Beth/Rest” plus Kristin Wiig’s Lana Del Rey impersonation/apology on “Weekend Update” on this week’s SNL, courtesy of Stereogum.

Win tickets:
• The Vinyl District has tickets to Feist @ Strathmore on 5/9 (contest ends Tuesday 2/7 at noon).
• has tickets to Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost (5/9) and Meshuggah/Baroness/Decapitated (5/22), both at the Fillmore in Silver Spring (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 4 PM).
• ShowlistDC has tickets to Mos Def at the 9:30 Club on 2/20 (contest ends Friday 2/10 at 5 PM).